Saturday, October 25, 2014

What's in your 72 hour kit ?

What is a 72 hour kit? 
It is a container that holds items you can quickly grab if you have to leave home that will Sustain you for three days till you can get help. What sort of container and what goes in the kit depends on where you are going to be for 72 hours.

If you are going to be evacuated from your home and staying in a shelter or with friends where you will rely on someone else for food, water and a warm bed you may only need to pack like you were going to be an a weekend trip. Then all you need is a toothbrush, prescriptions, basic toiletries and a change or two of clothing and appropriate jacket for the weather to keep you warm and dry.

However, if you are stranded in your car, waiting for help to arrive or don’t have any place to stay you may need to consider additional items.  I won’t go into all that would be needed for bedding and shelter that will take more planning much like a camping trip.

It would be good to have a small bag, or backpack in a closet where you could pick up your coat or jacket and the pack on your way out the door.  Then if more was needed additional containers could be stored in your car with items that won’t be impacted by heat or cold, and in your home ready to be picked up ion your way out.

Now let’s talk about some of the contents needed for a 72 hour kit.

First consideration is water. A 72 hour supply of water would be too much to carry. So a container to hold a supply of drinking water and a filter to purify additional water would be good to have. Or a water bottle with a built in filter. Not just a filter for taste like on the right. 

but a filter for purity like on the left. 

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Next consideration is food. Although some snacks like jerky, fruit roll-ups and granola bars would be good for the first few hours you will need something more substantial.

How about macaroni and cheese or a pasta dish?  

Easy to store, quick to fix, tasty, but it takes water and heat to make it enjoyable. 

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You could have an emergency cookie bar.

Our 2400 calorie bars are a great emergency food resource. They have been approved by the U.S. Coast Guard and have a five year shelf life. These bars can be stored in extreme heat up to 149°F. They can also be eaten without preparation. 
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Or a granola bar. You would have to eat about 12 granola bars to get the calories in this one bar. And they usually have a shelf life of one or two years after which the flavor,  nutrition, and safety become affected. Plus many granola bars have things like sugar, canola Oil, soy, peanuts, saturated fat. 

Or you could have a fruit snack. 

Pure Fruit right? No, sometimes not even the same fruit as listed on the label. Strawberry could really be pear with coloring. They could include sugar, corn syrup, hydrogenated oil, food coloring, flavors etc. 
How much fruit can there really be in a .37 oz snack? 

 Wouldn't you rather have real fruit that has none of those additives, will last 25 years and tastes like the real thing? You can get a pouch with 7 servings, or a small can with 13 or 44. Learn more Also available in many other fruits - Apple, pineapple, Strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, even mango. 

Don't tell the kids these are not candy. 

What about jerky ? 

A good source of protein in a long-lasting tasty bit size treat. Who would guess that jerky may contain Sugar, Vinegar, Salt, Monosodium Glutamate, Sodium Erythorbate, Citric Acid, Sodium Nitrite. Allergy Warning: Contains Soy.
And don't forget to check the expiration date. 

You can purchase a 6 to 7 serving can of Freeze Dried  Beef Dices  Chopped Chicken or Ham Dices that can be eaten right out of the easy-open can or stirred into other dishes.
Also available in ground beef, sausage, and soy protein flavors.

Do you have Dairy Products in your 72 hour kit? 

Besides powdered milk, or some cheese powder how does Freeze Dried    Shredded Colby Cheese  Cheddar, Monterey Jack or Mozzarella cheese sound? . There is also Freeze Dried Yogurt in a variety of flavors, Cherry, strawberry, blueberry, Greek, passion fruit and my favorite pomegranate. 

Don't tell the kids they are eating yogurt, they'll thinks it's candy. 

If you have some heat you can make a ham or sausage and cheese pizza with freeze dried celery, mushrooms, onions, green and red peppers.  Including the tomato sauce, or spinach with white sauce. 

What will you do for vegetables?

To round out your balanced diet most freeze-dried vegetables are edible right out of the 6 serving pouch or 15 serving pull-tab can  however I recommend sweet corn and peas to snack on our add to other foods if water and heat are available. 

Freeze Dried Sweet Corn                   Freeze Dried Green Peas

Also available as Asparagus, Broccoli , Carrot dices, Green Beans, and many others. 

So your 72 hour kit doesn't have to involve having to compromise healthy food, spend extra money or go out of your way to purchase or prepare and re-package food that you wouldn't have in your everyday diet. 

You can always add more items to your 72 hours kit as space and resources allow, books to read, emergency contact numbers,  computer backups drives, first aid and cold care supplies.